The Unlearning Organisation LO9831

Rachel Silber (
Sun, 8 Sep 1996 14:29:36 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO9804 --

"Dale H. Emery said: "

> You wrote, "All behavior has to be 'constructed', so how do we get
> anything really new?"
> I know of three general ways (all of which school tried to teach me not to
> do:
> 1. Theft
> 2. Copulation
> 3. Error
> Also, play might be a way of generating new behavioral components. Trying
> different things just for the fun of it, and noticing how the universe
> responds.
> Dale
> --

I couldn't help thinking that you could amend your list to:

4. Play (another thing school tried to teach you not to do).

All of these seem to me to be ways to evolve from one known state to a
different state. Perhaps not a state you would have predicted, but linked
in a logical way to the intial state.

But there seem to be revolutionary creative steps as well as evolutionary
ones. We may not be able to stepwise-refine our way out of a pattern of
behavior, there may need to be some leap of the imagination that there CAN
be a different way.


Rachel Silber

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